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February 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 27, 2015

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  • Visa to Acquire TrialPay - "As a payments technology partner to merchants globally, Visa will integrate TrialPay into its product portfolio as a simple, cost-effective way to help merchants acquire customers, drive traffic, and increase sales by reaching Visa cardholders with targeted offers."
  • CaixaBank develops new biometrics-based financial services - "CaixaBank launches the first application in Europe to support online banking transactions using voice commands. This represents the bank’s first service to explore the possibilities offered by biometrics to enhance customer interaction with banking channels."
  • American Express Adds New Benefits to Premier Rewards Gold Card - “We’re making one of our most popular cards even better. This latest investment for our Premier Rewards Gold Card Members is designed to deepen our relationship by providing more value in the areas they spend most -- from everyday spending on things like gas and groceries, to dining and larger travel purchases,” said Lisa Durocher, SVP, Consumer Charge Cards & Benefits at American Express.

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February 26, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 26, 2015

On the Web:

  • A Different Type of Start Up: Payments in Afghanistan - PaymentsViews.com (Elizabeth McQuerry) - "This is an inspiring story of bankers striving towards greater financial inclusion for their country’s citizens while building the base for electronic payments. The pay off here will almost certainly require years to be realized."
  • PayPal Holdings files Form 10 with the SEC - Late yesterday afternoon, PayPal Holdings filed its Form 10 information about the PayPal spinout process from eBay, details on PayPal’s stand-alone financials, and on the operating agreements between PayPal and eBay going forward.
  • Inside PayPal's Microlending Program - Entrepreneur - "Since launching the Working Capital program, PayPal has paid out more than $200 million, granting some 35,000 loans to 20,000 U.S. small businesses. Last fall, PayPal expanded the program to the U.K. and Australia."
  • Credit cards in America - Slowing charge - Economist - "Nonetheless, there are signs that the go-go years are gone: growth is tapering off, the margins received on lending are declining, and the cost of attracting customers is rising—even though America’s economy is on the up."
  • Boku Introduces “Phone-on-File” to Compete with Credit Cards on One-Time and Subscription Based Purchases - “A key element to the strength of companies like Amazon and Apple has been their ability to create frictionless checkout experiences using stored credit card information,” said Jon Prideaux, Boku CEO. “This is that same experience that Boku is bringing to the mobile phone number with Phone-on-File. Our goal is to make stored ‘phone-on-file’ every bit as powerful as a ‘card-on-file’ for the benefit of our merchant partners.”
  • Barclays pushes for social commerce with Twitter payments feature - Mobile Commerce Daily - "The Barclays Pingit app enables users to transmit payments to anyone with a mobile phone number in Britain, customize payments with messages or photos, send gift cards and make donations, among other features."

On the Wires:

  • Visa Partners with Financial Institutions Across the Globe to Enable Mobile Payment Services - “2015 is the year in which fast and safe mobile payments based on Visa technology will proliferate across the world,” said Sam Shrauger, senior vice president of digital solutions at Visa Inc. “We are very proud that Visa’s Digital Solution is now accessible to the broader market to be used across multiple devices and form factors – enabling secure, fast and engaging commerce experiences in any environment.”
  • CARDFREE Reaches Over 2 Million Consumers on Platform and Expands to International Markets - “With our team’s pedigree in the QSR space, we’ve been able to gain the largest competitive market share with top-50 QSRs in relatively short order,” explained Jon Squire, founder and chief executive officer of CARDFREE. “We’re excited to add international markets into the mix and to broaden our reach to other high volume verticals such as convenience and grocery."
  • Box Brings Financial Services Industry Securely to the Cloud - “Because of the highly sensitive nature of the data it deals with and the strict compliance standards it’s held to, the Financial Services industry has been slow to embrace cloud and mobile technologies,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO, Box. “However, leading firms are recognizing that mature cloud platforms not only offer agility and productivity, but also an opportunity for better security and visibility around their most valuable content. With Box for Financial Services, we’re making sure security and compliance concerns are no longer hurdles to information sharing and collaboration.”
  • Move over Selfies, Bank of the West Customers Use Their Smartphone Cameras to Pay Bills with Snap-to-Pay from Fiserv - “Our customers can now use their smartphone cameras to add a new bill for payment in about 30 seconds. Because the process is so quick and simple, we envision customers using this method to add new bills into bill pay regardless of if they plan to pay those bills online or on their phone,” said Jamie Armistead, executive vice president of Digital Channels, Bank of the West.
  • First Data Appoints Dan Charron as Executive Vice President, Global Business Solutions - “For nearly a quarter century, I’ve admired First Data from many angles, as competitor, joint venture partner, client, vendor, and now as part the team working to transform the business,” said Dan Charron. “I look forward to working across multiple functions and geographies to provide First Data’s six million clients across the world with the products, services and solutions they need to grow their business,” Charron added.
  • Verifi Adds Chris Derossi as New Chief Technology Officer - "Derossi brings a wealth of technology and payments experience to his new position at Verifi. Most recently, he was Chief Technology Officer at Ultimate Gaming, where he launched the first regulated and licensed online poker site in the United States."
  • Sisense Appoints Amir Orad Chief Executive Officer - "I am very excited to be appointed as the new CEO of Sisense and lead its winning team," said Mr. Orad. "Sisense is a successful innovative company with great people, cutting-edge technologies, and a fast growing loyal customer base. I am a big believer in the significant opportunity presented by the availability of massive amounts of complex data and how data driven companies can unlock great value from such information using Sisense's technology."

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February 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 25, 2015

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February 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 24, 2015

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  • MasterCard Drives Host Card Emulation (HCE) Momentum with Mobile Payment Deployments in More than 15 Countries - “Our vision for digital payments is to create great experiences for consumers across all channels and all devices, and HCE and cloud-based software provide another path forward for MasterCard and our partners to deliver on that vision,” said James Anderson, Group Head and Senior Vice President, Shared Platform Services at MasterCard. “The approach will drive greatly expanded availability of mobile contactless and remote payments, through integration with MasterPass, our global digital platform.”
  • American Express Launches Nationwide Campaign to Help U.S. Small Merchants Fight Fraud - The nationwide campaign will help U.S. small merchants fight fraud through a $10 million reimbursement program designed to accelerate adoption of EMV payment terminals. It will also arm small merchants with knowledge about EMV’s security benefits. As part of American Express’ program, eligible merchants that have upgraded to an EMV terminal can request a one-time $100 reimbursement from American Express by visiting www.americanexpress.com/fightfraud."
  • For Finsphere, 'Mobile As Identity' Is Its Reason For Being - "Finsphere CEO Michael Buhrmann said Visa's MLC represents the first major commercial application of the "mobile as identity" concept. On a global basis, the value of this type of confirmation to banks and other issuers of credit and debit cards is estimated to exceed $3 billion annually for their handling of legitimate transactions that are denied unnecessarily because of suspected fraud."
  • Visa Europe: Payment tokenisation service launched - Sandra Alzetta, Executive Director, Core Products for Visa Europe commented: “This is an exciting time to be in the payment industry. We believe that 2015 will be the year that mobile payments will be in the hands of consumers across Europe. Tokenisation is one of the most important technologies to emerge in digital payments and has the potential to start a whole new chapter in the kinds of products that are developed. For that reason, we’ve designed this flexible and scalable service, enabling issuers, merchants and acquirers to provide consumers with the next generation of innovative payment methods – all with the high level of security they expect.”
  • Visa Europe: Global expansion of peer-to-peer payments capabilities - "Visa Europe has partnered with Singapore-based fastacash to enable a new feature for member banks to extend to their customers. This new social feature makes it easy for Visa Direct users to send peer-to-peer payments via social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and LinkedIn."

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February 23, 2015

Google Partners with AT&T Wireless, Verizon and T-Mobile USA for Wallet

Google logo 140pxIn a post on the Google Commerce Blog, Ariel Bardin, Vice President of Payments at Google, writes about a new relationship "working with AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, as well as their mobile payments company Softcard, to help more Android users get the benefits of tap and pay."
Under this relationship, the Google Wallet app, including the tap and pay functionality, will come pre-installed on Android phones (running KitKat or higher) sold by these carriers in the US later this year. We’re also acquiring some exciting technology and intellectual property from Softcard to make Google Wallet better."
Softcard commented here. Google Wallet was introduced in 2011 and offers NFC-based mobile payments at participating merchants.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 23, 2015

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On the Web:

  • The Slow, Steady March Towards Digital Money - Wall St. Journal CIO Report (Irving Wladawsky-Berger) - "On January 27, Citi and Imperial College held their third annual Digital Money Symposium in London. As in previous years, the Symposium convened a group of leaders in their field to explore the state of adoption of digital money and its economic and societal impacts around the world."
  • How Technology Is Tricking You Into Tipping More - TechCrunch - "Digital payment systems use subtle tactics to increase tips, and while it’s certainly good for hard-working service workers, it may not be so good for your wallet."
  • Green Dot is targeting the 'unhappily banked' for its prepaid cards - Los Angeles Times - Streit said Green Dot targets people who are "unhappily banked, meaning you have a checking account somewhere and you just don't like it."
  • Visa research shows Australians set to embrace paying with their phones - News.com.au - "The Visa research shows that nearly two thirds of all face-to-face Visa transactions use payWave, compared with just 14.7 per cent in Canada and 21.5 per cent in Singapore."
  • Apple Pay seems to be growing well - Finer Things in Tech - "First is the list of retailers from the Apple Pay website, unveiled alongside the iPhone 6 announcement in September 2014. Next is the most updated list as of February 21, 2015."

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February 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 22, 2015

On the Web:

  • Data Encryption In The Cloud: Square Pegs In Round Holes - Dark Reading - "Back in 2009, we flipped the problem around. Forget about square pegs, and change encryption to be a primitive that allows easy specification of the target format — the ciphertexts produced by encryption should come out already formatted in the right “shape.” We called this “format-preserving encryption” (FPE), a name first coined by Terence Spies of HP (formerly Voltage Security)."

On the Wires:

  • High Credit Card Fees Put a Dent in Car Tune-ups for Memorial Day Trips - "In the U.S. swipe fees– the fees that merchants pay every time a customer uses a debit or credit card – are higher than in any other country. These fees are merchants’ fastest-growing cost and their second-highest operating expense – only labor is more. Banks and credit card companies are price-fixing swipe fees and marking them up to make huge profits."

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February 20, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 20, 2015

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February 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 19, 2015

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On the Web:

  • American Express Loses Antitrust Suit Over Merchant Rules - Bloomberg - "AmEx failed to show that its so-called non-discrimination provisions, imposed on merchants who agree to accept its card, don’t harm competition, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn said in his ruling Thursday."
  • Visa Reaches Deal with Russia Over Payment System - Wall St. Journal - "Visa Inc. will transfer the processing of transactions made on its cards in Russia to a local payment system, Russia’s central bank and the company said Thursday."
  • Why Slow Electronic Payments Can Cause Cash Flow Problems - NPR Morning Edition - "In a recent speech to bankers, Richard Cordray, who heads the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said roughly half of all bank fees could be attributed to a slow payment system."
  • NPCI launches Unified Payments Interface - Livemint - "Any kind of payment, including for shopping and paying taxi fares, can be done using an application downloaded on a smartphone once all banks adopt the system. The pilot project will be launched in about four-five months, managing director and chief executive officer A.P. Hota said."
  • Stanford DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series: Putting Startup Success in Perspective - John Collison (Stripe) - "John Collison, co-founder and president of the online payment system Stripe, explains how even the most celebrated startups repeatedly encountered uncertainty and failures along the way. In conversation with Stanford Professor of the Practice Tina Seelig, Collison shares his thoughts on how a venture's path can evolve after its early days, even as the vision holds constant."
  • Heartland’s Decision to Wind Down Leaf Throws Spotlight on Tablet Software - Digital Transactions - "Meanwhile, some observers say the decision to wind down Leaf could be an early indicator that the 5-year-old tablet point-of-sale market is undergoing a shakeout."
  • American Express Will Debut ‘Inspiring’ Celebrity Ads at Oscars - Wall St. Journal - "The credit card giant will debut four 30-second heart-felt ads, created by WPP-owned Ogilvy & Mather, that feature noteworthy people who have beaten the odds and happen to use American Express."
  • Dell Expands Bitcoin Payments to UK and Canada - CoinDesk - "In remarks, Walsh suggested that the decision was prompted by customer demand and the positive feedback the company had so far received for its US offering."
  • Transit Mobile Payments: Driving Consumer Experience and Adoption - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - "The author conducted interviews with 16 executives representing transit agencies, transport system integrators and companies that provide digital security solutions, mobile ticketing platforms, and mobile marketing solutions, and conducted secondary industry research. The purpose of the research was to assess whether transit mobile payments can help drive adoption of mobile payments in the US..."
  • Lenovo accused of compromising user security by installing adware on new PCs - Guardian - "It leaves any Lenovo user permanently open to a “man in the middle” attack any time they use a public Wi-Fi network, letting an eavesdropper read users’ web browsing at will."

On the Wires:

  • American Express Plans To Appeal Federal Court Ruling In Government Lawsuit - “American Express is disappointed in the court’s ruling, which we believe will harm competition to the detriment of consumers and merchants. American Express intends to appeal the court’s ruling at the appropriate time.”
  • US Treasury announces partnership with digital wallet providers PayPal, Dwolla for online payments - "The goal of these partnerships is to expand the options customers have for transactions with the Federal Government, providing customers greater choice and a better customer experience. For example, customers required to submit a court filing fee at a U.S. Court, or citizens who wish to make a donation to the National Endowment of the Arts, will have similar payment options currently available to them on popular private sector websites."
  • NPCI initiates an ecosystem for Unified Payments Interface - "National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the umbrella organization for all retail payment system in India, has taken up a new initiative of implementing “Unified Payment Interface” to simplify and provide a single interface across all systems. The new interface is designed to enable all account holders to send and receive money from their smartphones with a single identifier – Aadhaar number, mobile number, virtual payments address – without entering any bank account information."
  • Visa Extends Easy and Secure Online Payments to New Markets Through Roll-out of Visa Checkout - "Today consumers from ten countries can sign up for Visa Checkout at www.visacheckout.com and start using the service. In the coming months, Visa will extend the service into new regions, so that by the end of 2015 Visa Checkout will be available in the following 16 markets: the U.S., Australia, and Canada ... as well as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Peru, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and United Arab Emirates."
  • Branch Banking Remains Prevalent Despite the Growth of Online and Mobile Banking - "The study identifies four main factors that have influenced the number and distribution of banking offices over time: population growth, banking crises, legislative changes to branching laws, and technological innovation. In terms of technological change, there is little evidence that the emergence of new electronic channels for delivering banking services has substantially diminished the need for traditional branch offices where banking relationships are built."
  • FinTech Startup Azimo Shakes up Global Money Transfer Services to China - "The new service will provide Azimo’s potential 350 million European customers with the ability to send money direct to every personal bank account in China from just £/€1 for any amount sent."
  • FIS Demonstrates Caliber of Information Security with New ISO Certification - As FIS’ certification states with respect to meeting this standard: “The FIS ISMS supports the operations of strategic data centers by providing a secure and sustainable computing environment to support global financial institutions and commercial clients through the implementation of secure practices and work relationships with supporting functions.”

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February 18, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 18, 2015

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On the Web:

  • So, you want to start a payments company? - VentureBeat (Danny Shader) - "Today, the new opportunities to make money are not in payments processing but in leveraging technology to get around the incumbents’ lock on distribution or scale. The most successful businesses use payments as the “excuse” or “hook” that gives them permission to solve other hard problems that customers are willing to pay for."
  • Mobile Commerce Poised to Eclipse Traditional Online Spend - “We are on the cusp of the mobile-first era,” said Anuj Nayar, senior director of global initiatives for PayPal. “At PayPal we’ve seen our mobile growth rise from less than one percent of our payment volume in 2010 to more than 20 percent in 2014.”
  • Apple Pay is now the number one mobile payment solution at Staples - "Apple Pay has been one of the most successful implementations when it comes to payments."
  • Banks to allow account access using fingerprint tech - BBC News - "Two banks are allowing their customers to access accounts on their smartphones using fingerprint recognition technology, in a UK industry first."

On the Wires:

  • Samsung to Acquire LoopPay, Transformative Digital Wallet Platform - “This acquisition accelerates our vision to drive and lead innovation in the world of mobile commerce. Our goal has always been to build the smartest, most secure, user-friendly mobile wallet experience, and we are delighted to welcome LoopPay to take us closer to this goal,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT and Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics.
  • WorldRemit Raises $100M Funding Round to Drive Global Growth - WorldRemit founder and CEO, Ismail Ahmed said: “I am delighted that TCV is joining WorldRemit in our mission to enable the seamless movement of money between people across borders. We have an amazing opportunity to shake-up a stale industry and to save our customers time and money. We are taking money transfers into the mobile age, where people send from apps and receive on Mobile Money services.”
  • Digital River Commissioned Research Reveals How Ecommerce Leaders Solve Challenges of International Direct-to-Consumer Sales - "The study, which was commissioned by Digital River and conducted by Forrester Consulting, reveals how digital commerce decision makers in the U.S. and U.K. are weighing and solving the challenges of global commerce expansion."
  • Commerce.Innovated. from MasterCard and Silicon Valley Bank Returns - “We’re meeting incredible entrepreneurs in the fintech space through this program, helping them navigate potential roadblocks and getting to their next milestone with advice and connections in the payments space,” said Reetika Grewal, head of Silicon Valley Bank’s payments strategy.

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February 17, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 17, 2015

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  • Mobeewave Closes $6.5 Million Series A Round to Bring Disruptive NFC Mobile Terminalization to the Payment World - "Mobeewave is the world's first and only provider of dongle-free NFC mobile payment terminal solutions enabling payment acceptance on smart devices. The Montreal-based company turns any NFC-enabled phone (or other smart device) into a secure contactless payment terminal (mobile POS) to receive payments from ApplePay, contactless cards or any NFC wallets without the use of any additional hardware."
  • ProPay® Adds Visa Checkout - “ProPay is pleased to offer Visa Checkout as one of its many checkout options," said Ryan Oakes, chief operating officer of ProPay. “With the addition of Visa Checkout, ProPay enables merchants with more than ten ways to accept payments so they may conduct transactions anytime, anywhere, in-person, online, and offline in a secure manner.”

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February 13, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 13, 2015

On the Web:

  • Credit card giant moves to devalue hacked data - Politico Pro - "Visa’s larger goal is to replace the card data stored by e-commerce retailers with tokens and bind those tokens to a particular merchant. That means tokenized credit card data stolen from Amazon couldn’t be used to buy something on eBay."
  • Will SBOs Invest In Mobile Payments? - eMarketer - "According to a December 2014 study by Rocket Lawyer, 60.4% of US small-business owners (SBOs) said they would consider adopting mobile payments, such as Apply Pay, Google Wallet or Square, in 2015."
  • What is the Significance of Bitcoin’s Price? - Xapo Blog - "This process will take many years to fully develop, and mature, not unlike the early days of the internet, but we’re on track, despite anyone who thinks the price of bitcoin says otherwise."
  • Omaha is ‘the heart and soul’ of First Data, CEO says - Omaha.com - "First Data employs 5,000 people in Omaha, or more than 20 percent of its total workforce of 24,000. Omaha is where the payment processing company, now based in Atlanta, got its start in 1971."

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February 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 12, 2015

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  • American Express and CostCo U.S. Partnership Agreements Set to End March 31, 2016 - '...we were unable to reach terms that would have made economic sense for our Company and shareholders. Instead, we will focus on opportunities in other parts of our business where we see significant potential for growth and attractive returns over the moderate to long term.”
  • Bill.com Raises $50M to Fuel Growth and Innovation in Digital Payments for Businesses - "Silicon Valley Bank joined existing investors DCM Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, August Capital, Napier Park Global Capital, American Express Ventures and Commerce Ventures, bringing the total amount raised by the company to date to over $100 million."
  • Visa Launches Mobile Location Service to Improve Card Payment Experience When Traveling - “Wherever you are in the world, we want Visa transactions to be the most secure, convenient and seamless payment choice,” said Mark Nelsen, senior vice president of risk products and business intelligence, Visa Inc. “By matching the location of the cardholder through a cell phone or other mobile device, to the location of the purchase, Visa’s new service will enable banks to feel more confident about authorizing a transaction that might otherwise have been declined due to suspicion of fraud.”
  • Bitcoin Foundation and Leading Bitcoin Companies Engage theAudience to Launch Public Education Campaign on Bitcoin - “As the ecosystem matures, Bitcoin companies are stepping up to the plate. We’re excited to join a coordinated and concentrated effort to teach Bitcoin to the world’s almost 3 billion internet users -- two-thirds of which are from the developing world,” said Brock Pierce of Bitcoin Foundation.
  • SWIFT Institute announces research agenda for 2015 - "SWIFT is uniquely placed to bridge the gap between academic thinking and the financial services industry, leveraging topics of mutual interest," said Peter Ware, Director, SWIFT Institute at SWIFT. "Since the launch of the Institute, we have made great progress in achieving this goal and will continue to do so with new research in 2015 focused on topics of global importance. Our aim is to help the global financial community better understand and manage the obstacles it is facing through new research and greater dialogue at events."
  • CardLinx Publishes New Standards Enabling Interoperability and Broader Use of Card-Linking - Silvio Tavares, President and CEO of The CardLinx Association, said, “This first set of voluntary standards for the card-linked industry is an important step forward in delivering scale and improving ease of use for merchants and consumers.”

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February 11, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 11, 2015

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February 10, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 10, 2015

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  • Early Warning Launches Proactive Solution to Combat Tax Refund Fraud - "The biggest challenges tax agencies face in fighting tax refund fraud are resource issues and reliable technology needed to spot fraud," said David Barnhardt, Early Warning's vice president of Product Management. "However, the AOA for Government solution suite helps tax agencies quickly determine if a tax refund is legitimate, therefore preventing the issuance of refunds to identity thieves and fraudsters.”
  • Mozido Extends Reach into Great China Through Acquisition of PayEase Corp - “China is an important geography in Mozido’s mission of providing the world with easy and accessible mobile financial services, and the addition of PayEase Corp positions Mozido as the leading U.S. financial services provider to have operations inside of China,” said Michael Liberty, Mozido founder and Chairman of Global Strategic Initiatives.
  • Visa Showcases Connected Commerce at Mobile World Congress 2015 - "At Mobile World Congress next month (March 2-5, Hall 6, stand D40) in Barcelona, Spain, Visa will unveil its latest mobile payment services and demonstrate how a world connected by commerce – far beyond just phones and tablets – is transforming the way people shop, pay and get paid."

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February 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 9, 2015

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February 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 6, 2015

On the Web:

  • Post Paytm stake buy, Ant Financial has no plan to invest in other Indian cos - FirstPost Business - "This deal is being seen as Alibaba's entry into India, with One97's Vijay Shekhar Sharma telling us earlier that Jack Ma was completely involved in discussions leading up to this transaction."
  • Palantir Buys Fancy That To Add Retail, Shopping Data To Its Analytics Platform - TechCrunch - "Among its features, Fancy That optimizes store operations, including clearing inventories, managing discounts, and understanding customers’ retail habits."
  • Feature Friday: Digital Money Accounting - A VC (Fred Wilson) - "I want Mint.com for digital money services, starting with the Venmo and Coinbase mobile apps. That would be super helpful for me and, I suspect, for everyone using these digital money services."
  • The Race to Replace Bitcoin - Observer - "There’s an epic battle for the future of money, and the outcome is murky. It might have several winners. It might have no winners. But one thing is crystal clear: The most exciting battle in this long war is taking place in San Francisco, and the town isn’t big enough for both Ripple Labs and Stellar, two of the contenders hoping to replace not just Bitcoin but the almighty dollar."
  • Bitcoin continues to evolve into a worse version of the current system - FT Alphaville - "The delay, we are told, came about because the low price of bitcoin caused a breakdown in the so-called “block creation” process, which underpins how the technology clears transactions without the need of a trusted third party such as a bank."
  • The first country to roll out its own digital cash - CNBC - "In 2000, Ecuador moved to ditch its stumbling currency for the U.S. dollar. Now more than 15 years later, the South American country is revamping its monetary system again—using digital currencies."
  • Lessons from an erroneous fraud alert - CreditCards.com - "Before my face got too red, I quickly pulled out another credit card, alas with no rewards, and paid for our food."

On the Wires:

  • UK Consumers turn to contactless as usage surges - "Contactless has now firmly stepped into the mainstream. With usage soaring every month last year, we’ve seen people flocking to contactless payments as they switch away from cash. For retailers, contactless means quicker queues at the tills and greater convenience for their customers.”
  • Intuit Working With State Governments to Solve Emerging Tax Fraud Problem - "During this tax season, Intuit and some states have seen an increase in suspicious filings and attempts by criminals to use stolen identity information to file fraudulent state tax returns and claim tax refunds."

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February 05, 2015

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February 04, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 4, 2015

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  • Wells Fargo Customers Can Now Redeem Credit Card Rewards at ATMs - “Customers live their lives on-the-go and being able to conveniently and simply access their accounts and rewards when and how they want is important,” said Alicia Moore, head of Wells Fargo ATM Banking. “We are always looking for ways to add innovative features and benefits to our ATM network, which gives customers access to their money and accounts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. By providing customers the ability to redeem rewards for cash or account credit directly at the ATM, we’ve made it more convenient for them to feel truly rewarded for doing business with Wells Fargo.”
  • Consumers Can Now Use Their BECU, Fifth Third, First Niagra and Hungtington MasterCard with Apple Pay - "MasterCard cardholders with a consumer credit or debit card from BECU, Fifth Third, First Niagara and Huntington National Bank now have access to easier, more secure everyday payments through Apple Pay."
  • First Tech Federal Credit Union Selects MasterCard for Member Payment Solutions - “MasterCard offers our members the very best in card payment solutions that will enable them to better manage their financial transactions with First Tech while also providing additional security,” said Greg Mitchell, chief executive officer of First Tech Federal Credit Union.
  • First Data Receives Data Security Approval from UK Information Commissioner’s Office - “We are committed to setting the industry standard for superior data privacy protection,” said Cindy Armine-Klein, Chief Control Officer at First Data. “By conforming to the strict data privacy standards set forth by the EU, we can offer our clients the peace of mind that comes with knowing they have a trusted partner managing their data.”
  • Four More PSCU Credit Unions Enable Members to Use Apple Pay - "PSCU announced today that Visa cardholders with consumer debit and credit cards from Altra Federal Credit Union (Onalaska, WI), Andrews Federal Credit Union (Suitland, MD), and Wescom Credit Union (Pasadena, CA); and members with credit cards from BECU (Tukwila, WA) now have access to Apple Pay..."
  • Remitly Expands to India - "Remitly’s coverage in India spans a network of over 120 banks and their branches. Instant direct deposit is available for many banks year-round, 24/7, including ICICI, Yes Bank, and PNB. Four-hour deposit is available during regular Indian banking hours for all other banks."

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February 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 3, 2015

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  • Digital River Expands Relationship with American Express to Enhance Payment Services in Mexico - “We know from experience managing more than $30 billion in annual online transactions that consumers are more apt to buy when convenient and familiar payment options are available to them,” said Souheil Badran, Digital River’s senior vice president and general manager of Digital River World Payments. “Adding these services in Mexico will help us further expand our existing relationship with American Express and strengthen our international payments offering.”
  • Jumio Unveils New ID Scan Image Capturing Technology in Latest Version of Netverify - "The new release features a brand new ID image capturing technology, which allows users to position their ID any which way within their camera view. This enhanced template matching capability automatically detects the ID edges, rotates, and accurately crops it in the frame, regardless of the angle at which the user is holding the ID."
  • PEX Visa Prepaid Card and Tallie Launch Integrated Expense Management Solution - “The core value proposition of the PEX Visa Prepaid Card service is that it eases the burden companies place on their employees and accounting departments to cover expense outlays,” said Chris Farrell, CEO of Tallie. “PEX Card allows companies to issue prepaid corporate cards to all employees without the same risks of issuing traditional corporate cards or the accounting labor associated with cash advances."

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February 02, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 2, 2015

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  • Apple on privacy, security and identity - Benedict Evans - "But if Apple did connect the dots to create an identity product, and could remove enough friction and pain to make it compelling, then talking about privacy would make much more sense, because at that point privacy, security and identity become part of the same product conversation."
  • Big Layoffs Begin at eBay and PayPal - Re/code.net - "The cuts come a few weeks after eBay announced it would cut 2,400 jobs across the entire company by the end of the quarter."
  • Small Banks Score Gains in Lifting Regulation - Wall St. Journal - "Since the 2010 Dodd-Frank law ushered in a spate of new regulations, community bankers have fanned out across Washington to emphasize the differences between small “Main Street” banks focused on local lending and Wall Street firms they say are fixated on transaction volume."
  • Does Bitcoin still matter? - CBS News - "Bitcoin has a sales job to getting people to trust it, which is ironic because it was set up to be a trustless system," said Paul Vigna...
  • Cash Is Definitely Not King For Card-Carrying Swedes - NPR - "Around the world, cash is fading. Electronic transactions are becoming a bigger part of the economy every year. And one of the leaders in this trend is Sweden, where more than 95 percent of transactions are digital."

On the Wires:

  • Visa Inc. Appoints Vasant M. Prabhu as Chief Financial Officer - “After a thorough global search, we are thrilled to have Vasant join the Visa leadership team,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc. “Vasant is a seasoned executive with a wealth of experience across a wide range of global businesses. His financial leadership, operational abilities, strategic focus and global mindset will be extraordinarily valuable to us, as we continue to grow our business around the world.”
  • ETA Launches Digital Currency Showcase at TRANSACT 15 - "ETA is at the forefront of payments technology, and TRANSACT 15 is our industry's most important event," said Jason Oxman, CEO of ETA. "With the launch of our World of Bitcoin showcase, and our partnership with BitPay to accept bitcoin payments, TRANSACT 15 is now the place to be for digital currency in 2015."
  • Xoom Launches Instant Money Transfer Service to China, Processed Through UnionPay - "This instant bank deposit service allows Chinese immigrants with a U.S. bank account, credit card, or debit card to conveniently send money online to most bank accounts in China within seconds. With the addition of China, Xoom’s money transfer service now reaches 31 countries worldwide."
  • ATMIA Releases the Results of Its New ATM Channel EMV Readiness Survey - "One of the key findings of the survey is that, as of the end of 2014, 65% of respondents report having at least one ATM capable of handling EMV transactions. This is more than a four-fold increase over the April, 2013 results, which found that only 12% of operators could make that claim. Further, 61% of all operators anticipate that by the end of 2016, which is the general timeframe of the first domestic liability shift for ATM acquirers, the vast majority of their ATMs will be capable of handling EMV transactions."
  • Millennials Make 2015 the Year of the Milestone - "It’s been widely reported that for many Millennials, “30 is the new 20,” with many delaying major life milestones, like full-time employment, marriage and having children. However, recent data from the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker suggests that as the economy continues to recover, Millennials will make 2015 a year of major purchases and life experiences."
  • U.S. Bank Announces 2015 "Dynamic Dozen" - “We place tremendous value on the potential of the millennial generation and this group is instrumental in making U.S. Bank relevant to current and future millennial customers and employees,” said Kent Stone, vice chairman of consumer banking for U.S. Bancorp, and one of the program’s executive sponsors.

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